The seemingly never-ending saga of locating a new detention facility took another turn this week.
On Wednesday, Aug. 22, the first of three workshops in the new Essential Public Facility siting process will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the hearing room of the Spokane County Public Works Building, 1026 W. Broadway.
The county began the new siting process earlier this month after the Spokane International Airport board of directors offered an alternative site on airport property to relocate Geiger Corrections Center inmates. The proposed site is near the West Plains Waste to Energy Plant.
The new airport location will be reviewed along with nine other public, private or government-owned sites.
County officials say the deal would allow the airport to keep receiving lease revenues already coming to them for Geiger operations, as the World War II-era facility is on SIA land. However, the existing correction center is set to be shut down in the near future as airport board members have different plans for the property.
County commissioners had been considering a plan for a 752-bed facility to be built by the Medical Lake exit on Interstate 90 to replace Geiger. However, it’s estimated the new site would save $3.2 million in capital and infrastructure costs.
The county is also looking at expanding the existing jail admissions area at the current courthouse location and building a Community Corrections Center nearby.
The EPF-siting process will take approximately three months to complete.